Film Review: Crimson Peak

DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro STARRING: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Leslie Hope, Doug Jones USA/CANADA 2015


Guillermo del Toro’s ability to create what he envisions on his mind to a film is just surreal. His imagination is limitless and his visual style is unique. For Crimson Peak, he was pretty much influenced by Gothic romance novels, and the result is a beautiful and sinister Gothic romantic film.

The story is about a young and strong woman, Edith (Mia Wasikowska), that falls in love with an handsome stranger, Thomas (Tom Hiddleston). After her father is inexplicable found dead, she marries with Thomas and moves in to his creepy house along with his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain). The triangle Wasikowska, Hiddleston and Chastain embodies their characters in such realistic and raw way. Every little detail of the house has a meaning and it’s darkly colorful, even the ghosts are quite remarkable.

Sometimes this film feels like it has a Tim Burton’s vibe to it, but this is darker and nastier. It has a sensual and gory approach. With Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro shows that Gothic romance spirit is well alive.

Words by Andreia Alves

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